Football Archive: March / April 2011
Draft-Only Focus Helps Ravens
During this year's NFL Draft, the Ravens were able to get five offensive and three defensive players, shoring up depth, addressing a few problem areas and, they think, making themselves a better football team.
Quick Bond For Ravens' Top Picks
The ties that bind the Ravens' top two 2011 draft picks are striking, and Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith and Maryland wideout Torrey Smith have already learned to have each other's back.
Several Ravens Draftees Have Endured Plenty
It has often been said that it's not how far you fall, it's how you get back up. The Ravens' 2011 draft class is living proof of that, at least as it applies to three of the first four picks.
Ravens Wrap Up 2011 NFL Draft
On Day Three, the Ravens selected Indiana WR Tandon Doss in the fourth-round, Texas cornerback Chykie Brown and Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee in the fifth, Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the sixth and and Georgia Tech running back Anthony Allen in the seventh.
Ravens Draft Terps WR Torrey Smith
With the 58th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Ravens went local and selected University of Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith.
Review Of Ravens' First Three Draft Picks
With two days of the NFL draft already behind us, PressBox takes a look back at and review of the Ravens' first three picks.
Ravens Trade Picks To Draft Tackle Jah Reid
The Ravens traded their third-round pick (90th overall) and sixth-rounder (191st) to the Philadelphia Eagles for pick No. 85 to draft Central Florida tackle Jah Reid.
NFL Draft, Day Three: Ravens Talking Points
Joe Platania says the Ravens have given themselves an embarrassment of riches at the tackle spot.
Lockout Restored By Federal Appellate Court
Just as the second round of the NFL Draft was getting started, a three-judge panel at the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision to put a "stay" on an earlier ruling and, in turn, restore the lockout.
NFL Draft, Day Two: Ravens Tidbits
Joe Platania shares a round-up of all the news and analysis for the Baltimore Ravens' outlook heading into the second round of the NFL Draft.
Ravens Have 90th Pick, A Recent Career-Killer
There have been quite a few solid selections recently at No. 58, but at the 90th pick, another owned by the Ravens in this year's third round, the pickings have been rather slim lately.
Who's On Ravens' Day Two Draft Radar?
Regardless of how it went down and whose fault it was that Baltimore did not make its pick in time, the Ravens grabbed Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith in the first round. PressBox takes a look at who they could nab with picks 58 and 90.
Despite Snafu, Smith Is Top Choice
After passing at the 26th pick, the Baltimore Ravens selected Colorado University cornerback Jimmy Smith, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, with the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
• Thumbnail Sketch On 1st-Rounder Jimmy Smith
Ravens Apparently Aiming For Smith
Joe Platania looks at why troubled Colorado University cornerback Jimmy Smith has emerged as the Ravens' primary target in the first round of tonight's NFL Draft.
Quarterback Carousel Unpredictable So Far
Auburn’s Cam Newton was the only quarterback taken through the first half-dozen selections as Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Washington's Jake Locker saw their stock slip.
Who Will Be The Next Ravens?
PressBox takes a look at the Ravens' potential draft picks in the first three rounds: Nate Solder, Brooks Reed and Jerrel Jernigan. Plus, Matt Zenitz shares his latest AFC North mock draft and his final prediction for the Ravens' first-round pick.
Ravens, NFL Likely To Begin League Year Monday
If the courts deny the league's request for a stay, the free-agent signing period and the trading block could begin as early as Monday, likely with 2010 rules in place.
League Lays Out Plan For Immediate Future
In order to clear up any lingering confusion for players, the National Football League released a memo earlier today so teams and players could proceed with in-house business while the labor situation continues to play out in the courts.
NFL Lockout Lifted; Appeal Certain
Judge Susan Richard Nelson reportedly ruled Monday afternoon that the players' temporary injunction to stop the six-week-old NFL lockout is to be granted, throwing open the doors to all 32 teams' workout facilities.
Ravens' First Round Draft Options
With the 2011 NFL draft now just days away, here's a look at five players the Ravens could potentially take a look at with the 26th pick during the first round.
Joey P's First-Round NFL Mock Draft
With the first round of the NFL Draft coming up Thursday at 8 p.m., Joe Platania is ready to plug in the players he thinks will be selected at all 32 first-round spots.
Ravens' Schedule Set For 2011
If the NFL season goes forward as usual in 2011, the Ravens' regular season will kick off Sunday, Sept. 11 against Pittsburgh and include a Thanksgiving night game vs. the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Updated Ravens Mock Draft
PressBox takes a look at the Ravens' potential draft picks in the first three rounds: Nate Solder, Brooks Reed and Jerrel Jernigan.
• The 15: Best Baltimore First-Round Draft Picks
Ravens' Potential Late-Round Draft Targets
While Nate Solder, Brooks Reed and Jerrel Jernigan represent some names to keep an eye on in the first three rounds, here are some other players that the Ravens could potentially target later on during the draft.
Redskins' Visit Highlights Preseason
If there is an NFL season in 2011, the Ravens and Redskins will match up in a preseason game for the seventh time in the last nine years, and it will be the pivotal third game -- when the starters see the most playing time.
Fans Missing "Sizzle" At Banquet
With the NFL lockout's stipulation that players and coaches can't have any contact with each other, Terrell Suggs was not able to join outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino at the Ravens Roost 7 Extra Effort Awards Dinner in Hagerstown.
Could 2011 Schedule Look Like This?
Joe Platania takes his best shot as to what the Ravens' 2011 schedule could look like -- provided there is a full season, of course.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Stan "The Fan" Charles weighs in on the controversy that has developed after Haruki Nakamura's fundraising event to help people devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Is Baltimore Losing Football Identity?
Even when the Orioles ran off an astonishing 24 winning seasons in a 26-year span (1960-85) -- a run that included six World Series appearances and three titles -- Baltimore has always been a football town. Could that be changing?
Ravens Ran Left, Gained More Right
Joe Platania has a few statistical tidbits to help bide your time during the lockout. For example: Despite Michael Oher's struggles at left tackle, the Ravens ran the ball over left tackle a league-high 96 times last year.
Ravens Get Two Compensatory Picks
The NFL awarded the Ravens two compensatory draft picks, as a result of the defections of Justin Bannan to Denver and Dwan Edwards to Buffalo. Baltimore now has nine picks in the upcoming draft.
Rule Changes Help Keep NFL On Top
The NFL has undergone more rule changes than the other three major sports leagues combined, yet it climbed to the top of the American sports fans' preference list in the mid-1960s and hasn't let go of that spot since.
Mock 1st-Round Draft For AFC North
With roughly five weeks remaining before the NFL Draft, Joe Platania presents a mock first-round for the AFC North Division, including a potential pick for the Ravens who has a lot of the same traits Terrell Suggs did when he came out in the draft eight years ago.
Ravens' Top Five Draft Busts
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has built quite a resume during the past 15 years, but Newsome and the Ravens' scouting department have also had their fair share of misses in the NFL draft.
Updated Ravens' Mock Draft
PressBox takes a look at the players the Ravens could be adding to the team with their top three picks in this year's NFL Draft, including Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan.
Could Judge Change Hurt Players?
Published reports have cited that the NFL Players' Association is "nervous" about having this case go before federal District Court judge Susan Richard Nelson, instead David Doty. Those concerns could be well-founded.
Taking Shortcut Could Bring Deep Dividends Next Season
Provided there is a 2011 NFL season, Baltimore will play just five games against teams that made the playoffs last year (Pittsburgh twice, Seattle, New York Jets, Indianapolis), with three of those games at home.
NFLPA Decertifies... Now What?
For the second time in its 54-year existence, the National Football League Players Association has chosen to decertify. As a result, the 2011 season could take on a rather unorthodox look, if it indeed takes place at all.
Block Winners Offer Positive Message
As this year's honorees descended on Baltimore for the annual Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation gala, they gave a message of hope and perseverance.
NFL Owners' Arrogant Last Stand
The NFL owners and their players union counterparts continue negotations in Washington, D.C., and Stan "The Fan" predicts the players will give back some money, with a promise that if revenues can be increased the players will share in some of the future growth.
Updated AFC North Player Movement Chart
Joe Platania checks with an update on free agents lost, signed and re-signed for the Ravens and the rest of the teams in the AFC North.
CBA Deadline Extended One Week
NFL owners and the players' union have agreed to a one-week extension of the collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for a possible settlement.
Can 24 Hours Keep The NFL Going?
As the NFL continues to careen toward another possible work stoppage -- the current collective bargaining agreement expires Friday night after a 24-hour extension was agreed upon -- Joe Platania takes a look back at previous owner/management battles.
Changes For Competition Committee
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